Maybe you’ve already noticed inconsiderate driving behavior—speeding, not stopping fully
at stop signs, and tailgating are all examples of it. Sadly, even the most experienced drivers
are guilty of them. But these behaviors will do you no good on your driving test. Practicing
safe driving techniques now will help train you against these dangerous habits—and
prepare you to pass your driving test on your first try.
1. Ignoring Right-of-Way Laws
Adhering to right-of-way laws is crucial to your success during your driving test. Your
administrator will likely ask you to change lanes, make a few turns, and merge into traffic.
Demonstrating these maneuvers with ease, confidence, and control will convey to the
administrator that you’re aware of, and understand, the rules of the road.
2. Forgetting to Use Your Mirrors
Any time you need to change lanes, even if there’s no one else on the road, you should
always check your mirrors before making the move. Your administrator will be keeping a
close eye on this task, as well as what your driving posture is like. Practice checking your
mirrors when you enter your vehicle, as well as during your drive. This is a huge part of
your driving test.
3. Not Using Your Signal
According to the Society of Automotive Engineers, almost 50% of drivers in the U.S. neglect
to use their turn signal to indicate they’re turning. And what’s even worse: It also says that
about 2 million car accidents can be attributed to lack of turn signal use every year. Like
clockwork, using your turn signal should be something you automatically do when needing
to change lanes or merge.
Though you’ll likely see other cars maneuver around without using their turn signals, your
test administrator will not be happy with that. Using your turn signals will not only help
you get your license, but it’ll also help keep you safe.
4. Not Taking Your Time
Unsafe driving habits are often the result of motorists rushing to get where they’re going.
Driving over the speed limit is a good example of this. While going five miles over may
seem innocent enough, your driving test administrator will consider it unacceptable.
Your administrator will watch to make sure you come to a full stop at stop signs and red
lights. You may see other drivers make rolling stops, but don’t copy them. If you do it while
you’re practicing, you’ll likely to do it on your driving test.
Instead, leave early or build extra time into your driving schedule so that there’s no rush
when you’re driving. Speeding, trying to beat yellow lights and other unsafe behaviors may
save you a bit of time every so often, but they’re not worth it in the long run.
Since you’re just starting out, you’ll likely want to stick to quieter roadways, like
neighborhood streets. This will truly help you practice as you’ll need to be mindful of
pedestrians, changing speed limits, and school zones. Practicing thoroughly now will
ensure your behind-the-wheel driving test will go smoothly the first time around.